reports coming to our desk indicates Kismayo Internationa Airport
Southern Somalia have refused to allow an Ethiopian plane to land
this Monday, a witness said, amid heightened tensions between the
federal government and the regional leadership ahead of elections
scheduled for this Thursday.
Saturday Somalia’s central government said on Saturday it would not
recognize the result of an upcoming vote to elect a president of
Jubbaland, a key battleground state for counter-terrorism operations,
saying the candidates selection process violated the national
Jubbaland election commission has said the vote would go ahead on
Thursday despite the Central government sentiments and warning.
Security analysts say the dispute has the potential to cause friction
between neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, long time allies each with
significant numbers of peacekeepers in the Horn of Africa nation.
staff member at Kismayo airport, who gave his name as Ismail, said
the plane took off from Gode in southeastern Ethiopia and eventually
landed in the Somali town of Baidoa. There was no clarity if the
plane was civilian or military.
source who was at the Airport at the time of pre-landing said the
wanted to land at Kismayo airport but was denied clearance because it
worth noting that the Incumbent Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohamed
Madobe, who is also one of the president contender in this Election,
is a key security partner for Kenya, while Ethiopia has grown closer
to the federal government in Mogadishu in the last year.
This incident is developing at atime when Ethiopia intelligenceaand Interior Minister last week stormed Jubbaland president office with the aim of pursuading the Kismayu government to lift the burn imposed on central government officials from entering Jubbaland the request that was rejected by Jubbaland president Madobe.